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Week 16: In Search of Spare Moments | Everyday Nostalgia

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I need an extra hour in my day. Maybe two. Actually, maybe 24. Imagine what I could do with a whole extra day….

These are the things I am thinking as I step out of the grocery store and into the late afternoon sunlight. Between staying on top of the happenings at my daughter’s school, the constant demands of work, and the general business of life, it feels like I don’t have any moments to spare. Manifesting time seems like the only solution even though I know it’s completely out of the question.

I slip on my sunglasses as I head toward my car. Ahead of me, an older gentleman makes his way across the parking lot. Since I’m hurrying and he is walking much slower than I am, it doesn’t take long before I find myself beside him.

“Are those high heels I hear?” he asks. He stops walking and turns his head down toward the sound. Continue reading “Week 16: In Search of Spare Moments | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Remember Reminder #2: Keep Your Chin Up

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#rememberreminder: Keep Your Chin Up

Surely this phrase is familiar to you. We’ve probably all been told this at least once in our lives, most likely after stumbling or struggling or falling just short of something.

This nostalgic idiom was first printed in an October 1900 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Evening Democrat: “Keep your chin up. Don’t take your troubles to bed with you – hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth.” In other words, it’s best to drown your troubles and hang them out to dry. Continue reading “Remember Reminder #2: Keep Your Chin Up”

Childhood · family · Nostalgia

50 Nostalgic Spring Activities

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Nostalgia Diaries Pop Quiz! The air is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining brighter, flowers are blooming everywhere… What season is it?

It’s Spring!

Since the emergence of Spring brings all kinds of opportunities to channel your inner child, we decided to round up 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities to share with you for Throwback Thursday today.

Because who wouldn’t want to relive those fun, easy-going childhood times filled with picnicking and kite flying and flower picking and puddle jumping and bubble blowing?

We’ve even compiled these 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities into a FREE download (complete with check boxes!) for you to print out and slap up on your fridge. Maybe by the end of Spring you’ll be able to check off all these activities — and if not, well, hey, at least you had fun trying!

So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids or a loved one or a friend — or even just yourself! –and get busy celebrating Spring. We think these are perfect ways to make some memories today that you’ll remember tomorrow.

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1. Go on a picnic
2. Fly a kite
3. Plant seeds
4. Play on a playground
5. Lay in the grass
6. Bird watch
7. Search for four-leaf clovers
8. Splash in puddles
9. Go on a scavenger hunt
10. Build a birdhouse
11. Wear flowers in your hair
12. Twirl in a field
13. Get ice cream
14. Take a bike ride
15. Play hide and seek
16. Climb a tree
17. Blow bubbles
18. Try to catch a butterfly
19. Enjoy a sunrise
20. Watch a sunset
21. Catch raindrops on your tongue
22. Star gaze
23. Look for a rainbow after it rains
24. Go to a park
25. Eat a Popsicle
26. Play hopscotch
27. Take a hike
28. Jump rope
29. Have a tea party
30. Hunt for caterpillars
31. Make a wish on a dandelion
32. Read on a rainy day
33. Go to a drive-in movie
34. Pick wildflowers
35. Play in a fountain
36. Make a pet rock
37. Make shapes out of clouds
38. Play Frisbee
39. Make a bird feeder
40. Draw with sidewalk chalk
41. Make a spring music playlist
42. Build a fairy garden
43. Play leap frog
44. Skip stones
45. Buy a fun umbrella
46. Have a barbecue
47. Play miniature golf
48. Press flowers in a book
49. Take a day trip
50. Make s’mores

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Let us know: What are some of your favorite springtime activities?

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

We’d love for you to join us in this journey.

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16 Songs About Spring

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“Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, Flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, Spring… the beautiful time of year when everything comes back to life, when flowers begin blooming and trees start sprouting new leaves. It’s the time of year for singing in the rain, dancing in puddles, and catching raindrops on your tongue. It’s the time of year that makes you want to run around outside and soak up the sunshine after being cooped inside all winter. It’s the time of year that just begs you to roll the windows down in your car, turn the stereo up, and sing at the top of your lungs.  Continue reading “16 Songs About Spring”

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Week 15: The Gift of a New Life | Everyday Nostalgia

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The other morning I woke up coughing, a sharp pain in my right side taking my breath away. Although the cold came and went over a month before, a lingering cough had resulted in what felt like a cracked rib. Crazy I know, but for a brief moment, before I got my bearings, I didn’t know where I was. The combination of pain and disorientation left me a tad bit unsettled.

But it only took a few seconds for me to realize I was right where I was supposed to be: in my bed, in my home, waking up to another Monday morning and to a new week. As the pain in my rib eased, I settled back in bed, remembering the last time I’d woken up disoriented and in pain. Continue reading “Week 15: The Gift of a New Life | Everyday Nostalgia”